Son of Buddha wrote:"gregkavarnos"Actually i believe that there is a HUGE difference. Like the difference between Christ being the Son of God or a very successful human teacher. One approach deifies the Buddha putting him beyond the realm of us mere mortals, the other approach places us, here and now, in the same league as the Buddha with the same capcities as humans, capable of following the same path. It is one thing to try to follow a "god" and another thing to try to follow a person.
It doesnt matter who you are following wether its a person a god or a Buddha,the path is still the same.
So it really doesnt matter if you are trying to follow a "man? A "god" or a "Buddha" the path will again be the same.
It would be like a person saying I need to learn 2+2=4 from a man,it would be hard for me to learn 2+2=4 from a god.
Cause following the god will somehow make the same teaching harder.
It does matter. We take refuge in the Buddha, not in worldly beings, and not just in Dharma. Devadatta even believed in previous Buddhas but not Shakyamuni Buddha, and he suffered for it.
Son of Buddha wrote:Okay so he was born into this world already knowing he was going to be Enlightened,he proclaimed himself the highest in the world,so greg why would he claim he was the highest and was aboit to become Enlightened if he hadnt yet even dicovered the Basic 4 noble truths or the path to Enlightenment?
Why proclaim himself the highest in the world and say he was going to be Enlightended in this life time,then all of a sudden PRETEND to be a regular prince who didnt understand even the BASIC 4 noble truths of Buddhism?
If I say 'I KNOW I'm going to be enlightened' its like anyone who says they're going to earn a million bucks, or Richard Hatch saying he'll win Survivor (he won). Its a sign of his conviction, and like all Buddha's acts, it's a teaching to us: ignore nay-sayers who say we're screwed, and develop the will to enlightenment.